2017 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Meeting Topics
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Deadline: May 8, 2017

Agriculture

  • BMP performance, design, implementation
  • Confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs)
  • Control of non-point contaminant sources
  • Drought sensitive crops
  • Fertilizers
  • Financing best management practices (BMPs)
  • Impacts on water supply and quality
  • Irrigation demand - present and future
  • Irrigation efficiency
  • Irrigation water reuse
  • Pesticides
  • Waste management and disposal
  • Water requirements for ethanol production
  • Water reuse

Anthropogenic and Education

  • Adult education and outreach
  • Education on water resources at K-12 levels
  • Hydrology and anthropology
  • Hydrology and archeology
  • Hydrology and religion
  • Hydrophilanthrophy
  • Impacts of man-made impoundments on watersheds
  • Indigenous peoples water beliefs and issues
  • Language barriers (cultural, international, interdisciplinary)
  • Licensing or registration of water resources professionals
  • Native American water issues
  • Social Trends and emerging/changing technologies, trends, and innovations
  • Sociological issues of watershed management and stewardship
  • Water in literature, culture, art, and music
  • Water resources in the future

Climate Change

  • Ecosystem migrations
  • Floods, hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires: Severity and frequency
  • Impacts on current water scarce areas
  • Impacts on flood-prone areas
  • Impacts on freshwater availability and supplies
  • Impacts on glaciers and glaciation
  • Impacts on navigation and other water-based sectors
  • Impacts on water quality
  • Modeling - general
  • Effects of Madden-Julian Oscillation on rainfall and hydrology
  • Regional modeling and outlook for rainfall and hydrology
  • Rain and snowfall issues and distribution
  • Sea level rise - general
  • Sea level rise and infrastructure planning
  • Climate change adaptation measures
  • Reservoir and system reoperation

Coastal and Oceans

  • Beach erosion
  • Coastal resource management (estuaries, dunes, tidal lands, etc.)
  • Desalination
  • Development impacts
  • Fisheries and water resources management - general
  • Dwindling fish and marine mammal populations
  • Hypoxia
  • Impacts of natural disasters
  • Impacts of anthropogenic disasters
  • Impacts of coastal infrastructure
  • Ocean disposal of wastewater
  • Salt water-freshwater interfaces
  • Salt water intrusion into aquifers
  • Sea level changes
  • Subsidence
  • Tidal energy development

Human Behavior and Communications

  • Ethics and water resources
  • Behavior and water management
  • Sustainability in managing water resources
  • Role of TV, radio and print media in water resources
  • Social media impacts and opportunities - general
  • Role of media in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Use of webinars and other tools in information dissemination
  • MOOCs and other distance learning as windows to water

Drought

  • Adaptation measures
  • Frequency and severity
  • Impacts on food production and producers

Economics and Finance

  • Role of subsidies
  • Who pays
  • Value of water
  • Valuing water services
  • Role of economics in project evaluation
  • Water pricing
  • Water markets
  • Water transfers - benefits/costs

Ecosystems

  • Aquatic ecosystem restoration - general
  • Aquatic ecosystem restoration - governance
  • Balancing human needs with faunal and floral (ecosystem) needs
  • Competing uses/demands for limited water supplies
  • Design and performance of buffers
  • Developing partnerships with competing water users
  • Environmental impacts of diversions
  • Environmental impacts of impoundments
  • Emerging trends and technologies to reduce development impacts
  • Financing environmental/ecosystem restoration - environmental economics
  • Instream flows - ecosystem requirements
  • Restoration of mine lands and impacted watersheds
  • Restoration successes and failures
  • Riparian restoration
  • Managing landscapes post fire
  • Sediment control in ecosystems
  • Socioeconomic aspects of riparian areas and management
  • Stream ecology

Flood Risk Management - Riverine and Coastal

  • Catastrophic flooding and ecosystem management
  • Role of risk
  • Flood mapping
  • Flood insurance
  • Flood forecasting, warning, preparedness
  • Flooding and floodplain management
  • Roles of federal and nonfederal entities
  • Structural vs. non-structural approaches - riverine
  • Structural vs. non-structural approaches - coastal

Groundwater

  • Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR)
  • Confined and unconfined aquifers
  • Deep injection of waste water
  • Disposal of brines produced with oil and gas extraction
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Groundwater movement (flow systems)
  • Groundwater protection
  • Groundwater/surface water relationships
  • Hydraulic fracturing - effects on groundwater resources
  • Impacts of mining
  • Natural infiltration, recharge and source areas
  • Storm water infiltration
  • Surface water/groundwater/ecosystem interactions
  • Surface contamination of shallow and deep aquifers
  • Water level declines or rises
  • Water quality in aquifers

International Issues

  • Technologies for developing areas/nations
  • Transboundary or cross-border compacts, transfers, and allocations
  • Globalization of water issues
  • International regulatory conflicts
  • Management principles in an international environment
  • Privatization of utilities; infrastructure
  • Responsibilities and roles of developed nations and developing nations
  • Technology sharing
  • Water resources security
  • World water forums

Infrastructure

  • Aging infrastructure
  • Municipal water quality
  • Creative financing of infrastructure
  • Dams and other impoundments - construction, restoration, removal
  • Distribution systems infrastructure (Source to tap)
  • Drain to disposal infrastructure
  • Harbors and port facilities
  • Levees
  • Locks and dams
  • Navigation in inland waterways
  • River channelization, dredging
  • Sea walls and bulkheads

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

  • Groundwater in IWRM
  • IWRM case studies
  • IWRM criteria
  • IWRM education
  • IWRM in other countries
  • IWRM versus adaptive management
  • Public input to IWRM projects
  • Small versus large IWRM projects

Management and Tools

  • Adaptive management
  • Communicating science to policy makers
  • Data gathering and support
  • Decision support systems
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Innovative techniques
  • Internet
  • Modeling
  • Real time data
  • Remote sensing
  • Technology information and dissemination

Policy, Planning and Legal Issues

  • Adapting government programs to watershed management and regulation
  • Balancing development and environmental policies
  • Communicating with policy makers
  • Compacts
  • Forest planning and management
  • Integrated water resources planning
  • Integration of water quality and water quantity management
  • Land use planning
  • Legislative initiatives, state and federal
  • Market-based solutions to scarcity or overabundance
  • Planning and management of water resources in rural areas
  • Political hydrology
  • Principles and guidelines or standards for economic evaluation of water resources projects
  • Range planning and management
  • Stateline faults and water policy - a watershed approach?
  • Urban planning
  • Water law
  • Water rights - general
  • Tribal water rights
  • Regional planning
  • Federal water policy coordination

Surface Water

  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) - performance
  • Downstream impacts of mine tailings
  • Energy production
  • Effects of diversions and channel alterations
  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Innovative technologies of storm water management
  • Invasive Species
  • Managing competing uses and needs
  • Managing nonpoint source pollution
  • Managing point source pollution
  • Mitigating storm water damage/retrofitting
  • River operations - flow management
  • Species needs
  • Storm water - preparation for and management - innovative technologies
  • Stream channel processes
  • System operation and maintenance
  • Watershed planning and management
  • Water and energy

Urbanization

  • Community based restoration and management
  • Financing restoration and volunteer efforts
  • Hydrologic changes - effects on urban streams and floodplains
  • Infiltration and runoff
  • Land use changes
  • Residential land stewardship
  • Reuse of gray water
  • Urban storm water impacts
  • Volunteer restoration and management initiatives
  • Water saving techniques and initiatives

Water Quality

  • Acid mine drainage
  • Agriculture and/or mining impacts on water quality
  • Effects of dredging and other stream management techniques on water quality
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Establishing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
  • Impacts of storm water on water quality
  • Implementing TMDLs
  • Laboratory methodologies
  • Low flow/high flow/combined TMDLs
  • Monitoring
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nutrients and nutrient management
  • Pathogens in watersheds
  • Salinity removal techniques; successes and failures
  • Source water quality protection
  • Turbidity and sediment impacts on water quality
  • Water quality standards and regulations

Water Supply

  • Competing demands for existing supplies
  • Desalination
  • Development trends
  • Drought management/water conservation
  • Infrastructure financing
  • Innovative marketing/banking/market-based policies and programs
  • Measuring, meeting, and managing demand
  • Privatization of utilities; infrastructure
  • Reservoir science and management
  • Reuse, recycling, and reclamation
  • Safeguarding water supplies - critical infrastructure
  • Water pricing
  • Water/energy nexus

Wetlands and Lakes

  • Conflicting issues
  • Created wetland successes and lessons learned
  • Design and construction of created wetlands
  • Effects of acid rain
  • Eutrophication/nutrient impacts
  • Invasive Species
  • Lake management and restoration
  • Mitigation
  • Regulations (federal, state, local)
  • Reservoir management and restoration
  • Sedimentation
  • Shoreline maintenance and restoration
  • Tourism and recreation
  • Watershed/wetland/lake interactions
  • Wetland functions and values
  • Wetland restoration and protection

Local and Regional Topics - Oregon & Pacific Northwest

  • Adaptation and mitigation
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
  • Aquatic System Connectivity (ASC)
  • Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) / Artificial Recharge (AR)
  • Atmospheric rivers
  • Climate change impacts
  • Compacts and treaties
  • Columbia-Snake river basin
  • Combined sewer overflows (CSOs)
  • Coastal and estuarine issues
  • Collaborative modeling
  • Consensus-building
  • Drinking water safety
  • Droughts
  • Dam removal
  • Dam safety
  • Debris flows
  • Endangered species
  • Emerging contaminants of concern
  • Ecosystem services
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Environmental flows
  • Environmental justice
  • Energy-water-land-food nexus
  • Ecohydrology
  • Exempt/Domestic wells
  • Floods
  • Geothermal energy
  • Governance and management
  • Grant and loan programs
  • Groundwater sustainable development
  • Hypoxia
  • Hydropower
  • Infrastructure
  • Indigenous peoples' rights
  • IWRM
  • Klamath Basin issues
  • Limnology
  • Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR)
  • Nonrenewable groundwater
  • Pluvial/Ephemeral lakes
  • Public participation
  • Resilience
  • Restoration
  • Remote sensing/Satellite technology
  • Sustainability
  • Stormwater management
  • Source water protection
  • TMDLs
  • Transboundary issues
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs - drones)
  • Volcanic rock aquifers
  • Water planning
  • Water quality trading
  • Water banks
  • Water rights trading
  • Water resource economics
  • Water law
  • Watershed councils
  • Water ethics
  • Water reuse and recycling
  • Wildfire impacts on watersheds

Other Relevant Topics

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